One Family’s Commitment to a Better Economy

This appeared in my inbox this morning, from CASSE Executive Director Rob Dietz. I’m the first official monthly donor to CASSE, and I suggest you think about doing the same thing – for the price of a couple lattes a month you can help support the fight for a sustainable, socially just economy. What a great way to honor the one-year birthday of my son (yesterday)!


How about an economy built for the little guy?

How can we build an economy that supports our children?  How about one that doesn’t undermine the earth’s natural systems?  CASSE is one of the only organizations in the world tackling these questions head-on and providing hopeful and truthful answers, a fact that Josh Nelson appreciates.

Josh (pictured with his family) just became our first monthly donor online.  He visited our website and arranged for his credit card to be billed $10 per month to help us promote a sustainable and fair economy.  The most touching part about Josh’s gift is that he designated it in honor of his young son, a wonderful tip-of-the-hat to our role in safeguarding the well-being of future generations.  If you want to see CASSE continue doing what we do, please follow Josh’s lead.  Visit our online donation page and give a recurring donation that feels right to you. We consider all recurring contributors to be official CASSE members.

Donate now and join CASSE’s David vs. Goliath struggle against the powerful array of pro-growth fanatics.  We need funding from citizens like you to keep this struggle alive.

Thank you,
Rob Dietz
Executive Director, CASSE

A Steady Stater Dinner

A Great, Sustainable Meal
A Great, Sustainable Meal

I’m approaching another year older (hopefully wiser) and was taken out to a surprise location for dinner by my partner. She did her research and found a great place near us that represents what I envision life in a steady state economy to be like: focused more on the local economy, a greater sense of community, and more time to enjoy living our lives with less of an impact on the environment.

Sutra is a vegetarian restaurant in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle, nestled amongst the many former-homes-turned-businesses along 45th street. A beautiful, intimate space awaits up to 35 guests for a dinner seating serving four community-style courses. Seasonal food from Forged and Found Edibles, Full Circle Farm, and other local food suppliers are masterfully combined into delicious meals.

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Climate Change: Do Something Already!

What's to Fear?

I am writing this post in a somewhat balmy, 80-plus degrees in my house (at 10:30pm). In Seattle air conditioning in homes is nearly as unheard of as the robin is in the Inuit’s land. Of course, now that the robin is in the arctic the Inuit have to come up with a word for it. Why has the last ten days been the hottest streak of temperatures in Seattle history? Why is the robin suddenly so far north? Why was last night the first night in recorded history that it stayed above 70 degrees in Seattle?

Simply put the Earth is warming. Rather, the climate is changing. In some places it is cooling, but most of us are experiencing the beginnings of climate destabilization. Why? Because we have insisted on releasing vast amounts of greenhouse gases into our atmosphere, altering the interaction of our planet and the sun’s energy.

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Newest Steady Stater

The Newest Steady Stater
The Newest Steady Stater

I couldn’t be happier to write that this weekend my partner and I welcomed our son Liam Thomas into the world! We made it home yesterday from the hospital and are adjusting to our new life together. I will likely be out of the posting arena for a short bit, but fear not! I have a few in-process already on topics including community, steady-stater lifestyle, and sustainable scale. 

Let’s work to make all our children’s future a sustainable, healthy one! I know Liam would appreciate it.

New Parenthood Without Consumerism

Babies have simple needs

Any day now I will be changed in one of the most dramatic ways a person can be; changed by the birth of my first child. While we were at our midwife’s clinic yesterday I found myself flipping through a copy of Pregnancy magazine.

While it is fair to say this periodical is not in my typical reading repertoire, I did see an article that caught my steady-state-oriented mind, “How many activity mats does a baby really need?” by Pamela Paul. In a magazine with pages of ads and articles mostly written about what to buy, it was relieving to see an attempt to tell you not to buy.

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